What are the building blunders you see most often? Whether it's in exterior,...
Insulation That Works
In more than 25 years of consulting with builders on ways to avoid callbacks,...
Air Leaks: Hidden Moisture Movers
Along the coast where wind-blown rain is a regular weather feature, it's no...
Options for damping household noise; certification for building designers; correcting stucco weep detail; more on unvented crawlspaces
Choosing Energy-Efficient Windows
Whether you’re trying to eliminate condensation in cold weather or solar gain in hot weather, or both, there’s a window that fits the bill. An energy expert makes sense out of the variety of glass coatings, edge spacers, and frame materials, and helps you choose the right window for your climate.
Roof truss book, well & septic guide, energy-efficient remodeling
Special Report: Insect Infestations in Buried Foam
Rigid foam insulation used below grade provides hidden pathways for termites and carpenter ants, and makes it impossible to chemically treat the foundation. We examine the problem, the costs, and possible solutions.
Mortar Bed Shower Floors
Curbed tile shower pans have to be watertight. A veteran tile contractor shows how...
Q&A: Removing Old Grout
Q: Is there an easy way to remove old grout from a tub surround without working by hand with a grout saw?